art by jared barbick
"My name is David Andrew Concepcion. The name means “Beloved Strong Idea.” Obviously it’s the perfect name for any artist, but especially a writer.
Art has always been a part of my life. I’ve been drawing seriously ever since the age of four, with an eye towards becoming a cartoonist like my idol Charles Schultz. While trying to become cartoonist/comic illustrator at the High School of Art & Design, I joined their comic book club. There I saw someone doing a rough sketch better than any of my finished art. When the club president asked “who here is a writer?” I raised my hand immediately. This was truly the start of my writing career.
I went on to receive a BA in film production from Hunter College, graduating Cum Laude and departmental honors. I was accepted into Boston University’s Masters degree program in screenwriting. Under the guidance of program director Stephen Geller, I wrote two full-length screenplays—one original and one adaptation. The original screenplay, “Generocity” was one of the six finalists/winners of the 1996 Scenario Magazine Screenwriting contest, whose entrants come from every film program—graduate and undergraduate—in the United States. “Generocity” was also accepted into the IFP's (Independent Feature Project) Independent Feature Film Market in 1998. I have completed nine other full-length screenplays. I have taught screenwriting courses at Boston University, Emerson College, the Newton Adult Education Center, and the Grub Street Writers.
Since the year 2000, I have worked at WGBH-TV—the largest public broadcasting station in the U.S.—where I am a coordinator of real-time closed captioning for national news and other television programs."